More Reviews

Reviews for 2014

January 2014 - US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines

January 2014 - US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines
This month's Wine feature is US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines

US - All Late Harvest, Dessert, Fruit, Iced Ciders and Fortified Wines Reviews

Martin Estate 2010 Gold Late Harvest Dessert Wine Napa Valley
94 points
$65
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of golden raisin cake, dried apricot, and creamy tapioca with a silky, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a long, pineapple chutney and honeyed lychee accented finish. A rich, delicious dessert wine.
Schug 2012 Late Harvest Riesling
93 points
$30
Pure golden color. Aromas of dusty golden raisin, dried peach, and mango-carrot chutney with a fruit sweet medium body and a long, honeyed apricot and delicate smoky mineral finish. Very nicely balanced and not too sweet.
Sparkling Pointe 2009 Blanc de Blancs North Fork of Long Island
92 points
$42
Silvery straw color. Aromas of brioche, lemon curd and mango chutney with a tangy, effervescent fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, vibrant sweet citrus, green apple, and spice finish. Great intensity and length.
Heron Hill Winery 2011 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc
91 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Deep golden color. Aromas of golden raisin, mango-peach chutney, straw, and yeasty sour bread dough with a sweet, supple medium-to-full body and a long, honey and spicy poached apple and pear and earth finish. A very nice arc of sweet and earthy flavors; will be great with cheeses.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2012 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Vidal Blanc
91 points
$34.99
Brilliant golden yellow. Earthy aromas of dusty golden raisins, honeycomb, and apricot custard with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a honeyed dried peach, honeyed kumquat, and toasty spiced nut finish with leafy tannins. A nice rustic, botrytized ice wine that will be a good foil for funky cheeses.
91 points $34.99
Barefoot NV Bubbly Pinot Grigio Sparkling Champagne California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale platinum straw color. Aromas and flavors of Key lime and lemon cream pies with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a banana, Meyer lemon, and melon accented finish. Very tasty and balanced.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Red Moscato Sparkling Champagne California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant scarlet color with a blue cast. Aromas of spicy pomegranate sorbet and and rhubarb compote with vibrant effervescent and fruit sweet medium-to-full body and a dried apricot, suede and orange accented finish. Fun vibrancy and complexity.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Citrus Fusion California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavor of passionfruit, guava, and grapefruit sorbet with a with a fruity sweet, frothy medium-to-full body and rich, long tropical fruit punch finish. A very tasty and well made dessert sparkler. Try with vanilla ice cream of passionfruit soufflé.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Johnson Estate 2012 Estate Grown Ice Wine of Chambourcin
90 points
$34.99
Interesting burnt sienna copper color. Meaty aromas of caramelized apricots, smoky grilled peaches, raisin buttercream, and candied ham skin with a with a silky, sweet medium-to-full body and a long, peach pie and pineapple yogurt accented finish. Very different and very good. Pair with cheeses, pies, and ice creams and "baconated" desserts.
90 points $34.99
Barefoot NV  Moscato
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of spiced peach, vanilla custard and nougat with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a tangy apricot granita and apple cider finish. Very tasty, pure and well balanced.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Red Moscato California
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Aromas of cranberry chutney, spiced watermelon and nougat with a crisp, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty candied lime and blood orange finish. Very tasty and mouthwatering.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Pink Moscato California
89 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Pretty silver pink color. Tangy strawberry sauce, apricot blossom and cream aromas and flavors with a crisp, citrus and mineral finish. Tasty.
89 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Moscato Spumante Sparkling Champagne American
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Aromas of spiced nougat, honeycomb, and melon with a crisp, fruity sweet medium body and a long zesty lime sorbet and spiced peach finish. Very tasty and zippy. Try with spicy curries.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Extra Dry Sparkling Champagne California
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of pear tart, petite banana and nougat with a crisp, fruity medium body and a tangy, mouthwatering lime sorbet and melon finish. Very tasty and not cloying in the least.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Pink Moscato Sparkling Champagne California
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Bright aromas of peach sorbet, golden raisin, geranium, and citrus with a crisp, spritzy fruity medium body and refreshing mineral and pear skin accented finish.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Tropical Fusion California
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, mango and coconut sorbets with a sweet tangy, light-to-medium body and a tropical fruity punch finish. Pretty candied, but very tasty. Try with ham with pineapple rings.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Sparkling Pointe 2010 Brut North Fork of Long Island
89 points
$29
Pale golden color. Aromas of vanilla brittle and apple and berry custard tart with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, kiwi, spiced melon, leafy earth,and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and mouthwatering. Try with mushroom tempura.
Schug 2010 Brut, Rouge de Noirs Carneros
89 points
$35
Pretty crimson color. Aromas of strawberry-cranberry chutney on mincemeat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tart, plum, mulberry, and pickling spices accented finish. A fun, zesty sparkling red that will be great with spicy Asian pork dishes, bbq, or pot stickers.
Sparkling Pointe 2005 "Brut Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
89 points
$60
Golden color. Aromas of tapioca, lemon meringue pie, and berry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, medley of exotic tropical fruits, spices and earth on the finish. An impressive, mature sparkler that will be great at the table.
Barefoot NV "Refresh", Sweet White California
88 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lime sorbet, nougat, and white blossoms with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a peach phosphate, apple skin, pear, and mineral accented finish. A tasty, slightly spritzy off-dry sipper for the patio.
88 points $7.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Brut Cuvée Sparkling Champagne California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of pistachio nougat, lime curd, and peach jelly with a crisp, tangy light-to-medium body and a sweet kiwi and mineral finish.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV Bubbly Berry Fusion California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of watermelon and berry hard candies and sherbets with a hint of pipe tobacco a sweet frothy medium body and a tangy, apple-berry soda accented finish. A nice sweet sparkler for parties and very spicy foods.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Turning Leaf NV "Refresh", Red Moscato California
87 points
$8
Best Buy
Rich garnet color. Aromas of peach custard and blossoms, Concord grape jelly, and delicate herbs with a tangy, fruity light-to-medium body and a pomegranate, mineral and grass accented finish. Serve with a good chill.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Sparkling Pointe 2010 "Topaz Impérial" North Fork of Long Island
87 points
$37
Pale copper pink color. Aromas of caramelized dried fruits, custard, and sweet spice with a tart, medium body and a lemon, grapefruit, moss, and spiced toffee finish. Interesting, try with cheeses like gouda and Brunost.
Barefoot NV Sweet Red California
86 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries, honey roasted almonds, cedar plank with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and raisin, prune, and cranberry sauce finish. A pleasant off-dry red for bbq and tailgating. Also try as a sangria base.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot NV "Refresh", Summer Red California
85 points
$7.99
Bright garnet color. Aromas of strawberry custard and spiced cherries with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy, chalk accented finish.
85 points $7.99
Turning Leaf NV "Refresh" Moscato
85 points
$8
Light golden straw color. Floral peach blossoms and soda and nougat aromas with a crisp, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy spiced apple and melon finish. A pleasant off-dry sparkler.
Vino de los Muertos NV Blanco Dulce American
85 points
$11
Pale silver straw color. Aromas of peaches, soy, and pickled melon with a supple, sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy, honeyed apple, mineral, and pink peppercorn accented finish. Tasty.
The Naked Grape NV  Moscato
84 points
$7.99
Pale golden color. Aromas of nougat, golden raisin, and dried peach with a fruit sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy apple, spice and earth finish.
84 points $7.99
Vino de los Muertos NV Rojo Dulce American
84 points
$11
Dark garnet color. Aromas honeyed cherries and strawberries with a soft, sweet light-to-medium body and a tangy orange sherbet and honeyed craisin finish.
Madria Sangria
83 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of maraschino cherry, strawberry and watermelon sorbets with a fruity light body and a fleeting raisin, green starfruit, and cherry pit finish. Underpowered.
83 points $5.99 Best Buy
Shortcut: http://www.tastings.com/Calendar-Wine/Review-2014-01-03-US-All-Late-Harvest-Dessert-Fruit-Iced-Ciders-and-Fortified-Wines.aspx